Mending Broken Pieces, Inc.

MBP:     “Mending For Dream Fulfillment”

MBP’s Values:

  • Accountability
  • Excellence
  • Fairness
  • Freedom
  • Honesty
  • Justice
  • Leadership
  • Service
  • Truth-telling (integrity).
LaValla J. Wilson, PhD

Mending Broken Pieces, Inc Story

My work with students’ challenged by homelessness began at Howard University where I worked for over 15 years for Student Affairs in Residence Life. After retiring in the summer of 2014, I returned home to Georgia. I wanted to create a nonprofit to continue serving homeless young adults struggling to stay in school, but I was clueless about the process.  My search led me to Georgia State University’s Religious Studies Program to pursue a master’s in Religious Studies with a concentration in Non-profit Management. . . .  Read More

 

(Georgia McKinney-Vento program 2017/18 Data Report & State Index on Youth Homelessness 2017/18)

Is to address the number one factor for youth homelessness, the lack of a high school diploma or GED.  We accomplish this goal by providing a one-stop secure digital platform of resources to support homeless teens and young adults who choose education and training as their pathway to dream fulfillment.  By providing training to empower homeless female teens of Color ages 14-19, by offering training for homeless teens and young adult females of Color ages 16-24 transitioning  to post-secondary education, and by partnering with Homeless Youth Service Providers in the Atlanta metro area.

 

To end the cycle of homelessness that crushes the dreams of homeless teens and young adults.

Facts about Youth Homelessness in Atlanta

  • There are more than 3,300 Homeless Youth in Atlanta.
  • 50% of youth aging out of the foster care system will be homeless within 6 months because, without a stable home life, they never learned the skills needed to live independently.
  • Within 72 hours of being on the streets, a homeless youth is approached for sex. 49% of homeless youth have been sexually exploited.
  • Though only 7% of the general population of youth identify as LGBT, a shocking 40% of homeless youth are LGBT. This disparity is made even more alarming by the fact that LGBT youth are more likely to be victimized than non-LGBT youth on the streets.
  • 72% of homeless youth have experienced or witnessed violence.
  • 42% of homeless youth have experienced abuse as a child.
  • There is a 19% unemployment rate for 16-19-year old’s – higher for at-risk youth. This leaves many without options to escape homelessness. (from Covenant House Georgia Fact Sheet on website)

Building Partnerships (BP) 

Is an on going project of MBP that focuses on finding ways to partner with  Homeless Youth Service Providers in the Atlanta metro area to serve at-risk and unaccompanied  homeless teens and young adults 14-24 .  If your organization is interested in partnering with MBP  please complete and submit the form below. 

Empowering Dreams Initiative (EDI)

Empowering Dreams Initiative (EDI) is a six-weeks, two hour weekly session,  that provides skills, tools, and experiences to mend the impact of homelessness for female teens of Color ages 14-19 (at-risk teens of Color are also eligible).  EDI addresses issues that negatively impact healthy development for at-risk and homeless female teens of Color.    The teens will explore self-awareness (skills to monitor their stress, thoughts, emotions, and beliefs) to be able to direct their personal development (what matters most to them).   They will also use MBP’s original Journal “Weaponizing My Story,” to enhance their self-awareness. 

MBP believes that you must know your story (truth), to speak it, own it, and use it to make choices that encourage dream fulfillment. The primary objective  of EDI’s curriculum is to lay the foundation for at-risk and homeless female teens of Color empowerment so they can craft and tell their truth, identify, and use available resources to complete high school, pursue post-secondary education, and fulfill their dreams. 

For additional information about this program complete and submit the form below.

Post-Secondary Education Transition (PSET)

Post-Secondary Education Transition (PSET) is a six-week, two hour weekly session, for homeless and at-risk female teens and young adults of Color ages 16-24 that have been accepted to or are returning to a college or university, a technical college, or other professional training, to assist them with a successful transition. 

PSET provides communication skills, decision making tools, and experiences to increased their awareness of the social and emotional factors that can impeded their success.  Participants will also use MBP’s original Journal “Weaponizing My Story”, to enhance their self-awareness.  MBP believes that you must know your story (truth), to speak it, own it, and use it to make choices that encourage dream fulfillment.   

It is so easy to get distracted if you need housing, food, clothing, money, books and transportation. 

We believes timely support for at-risk and homeless female teens and young adults of Color will help them to  remain focus and complete their programs.  For additional information about PSET complete and submit the form below. 

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